In honor of the big day for tube-steak, lots of places are offering you a great deal on dogs today.

I'd love to hit you with a couple of paragraphs on the origins, hidden meanings, and fun facts about National Hot Dog Day--but there really aren't any.

Let's just get to the joints offering up deals (some restaurants are not local, but I really have no idea where you're reading this, so here's the lot):

Portillo’s: Through Sunday, get two Portillo’s hot dogs for $5. Not valid on jumbo hot dogs, polish sausages or Italian sausages. While supplies last.

Sonic Drive-In: The chain's Chili Cheese and All American Hot Dogs are $1 at participating locations Wednesday. Corn dogs also are 99 cents during Happy Hour from 2 to 4 p.m. daily.

Dog Haus: Get a free hot dog Wednesday by downloading the Dog Haus Rewards App and then registering for the program. This deal is for new app users and dine-in only, while supplies last.

7-Eleven: Big Bite hot dogs are $1 Wednesday at the convenience store chain.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar: The Great Hambino, which combines a beef patty with a hot dog, is $5 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday during happy hour.

Hot Dog on a Stick: This chain is celebrating National Hot Dog Day on July 23, according to a news release. On Monday, get a free spicy stick item with any lemonade purchase.

Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries: From 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, hot dogs are 99 cents each, limit two and dine-in only, for members of the My Hwy 55 Rewards Program. To get the deal, the company says you have to download the app before Wednesday and you also will get a coupon for a free milkshake for downloading.

Kwik Trip: Through Thursday, corn dogs are $1.

Love's Travel Stops: Get a free hot dog or roller grill item with a coupon that will be posted on Love's Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Philly Pretzel Factory: Pretzel dogs are $1 Wednesday and the first 100 people at each location get a card for a $1 pretzel dog each day in August.

Pilot Flying J: With the myPilot app Wednesday, get a coupon for a free hot dog or roller grill item.

Wienerschnitzel: Get five Original Chili Dogs for $5 at participating locations Wednesday. Also find coupons at

According to JJ’s Red Hots, which has featured more than 350 toppings on its hot dogs since 2012, these are the top toppings in order of preference:

  1. Mustard
  2. Chili
  3. Relish
  4. Sauerkraut
  5. Onions
  6. Cheese
  7. Bacon
  8. Tomatoes
  9. Salsa
  10. Ketchup  (the scratching out of ketchup is an editorial comment by me)

I believe Inspector Harry Callahan of the SFPD put it best:

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